Pediatric Asthma: It takes your breath away!

Worldwide, over 300 million people suffer from asthma, and many of these are children. Sadly, their numbers are increasing. The consequences of pediatric asthma are significant. These include recurrent hospitalizations, poor quality of life and even death. Proven therapies for managing pediatric asthma exist. Yet, recent reports suggest that these therapies are not widely used. Why is this? How is pediatric asthma different from the chronic inflammatory airway disease seen in adults? What should a parent know about their child’s asthma therapy? In this edition of “Children’s on Quality,” I pose these and other questions to Shahid Sheikh, MD, pediatric pulmonologist and asthma expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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